Beverly Robalino, President's Award  Presenting The President's Award to Beverly Robalino, Nancy Hauserman commented:  This award should go to someone who keeps the organization going. Beverly Robalino not only kept the organization going but took it farther than it had been.  She was always looking for ways to make UIRA better, stronger and healthier.  She pursued the possibility of making UIRA a 501(c)(3) and led discussions that determined not to pursue that status after thorough research into benefits and drawbacks.  Even after her term as Program Chair, she facilitated two of the most interesting and certainly well attended tours on campus: Hancher Auditorium and Voxman Music Building.  She founded and continues one of UIRA special interest groups, the
Gray Hawk Steppers.  She worked to ensure that UIRA members NOT lose their uiowa email addresses.  And one of her most significant achievements was the creation, awarding and endowment of the first UIRA scholarship for undergraduate students.

Ed Kottick, Community Service Award  Pamela Willard, UIRA board member and chair of the service awards committee, presented the Community Service Award to Ed Kottick, professor emeritus of musicology.  For over ten years, Ed has provided leadership to Iowa City area community music and theater programs.  Ed’s extraordinary volunteer activities include but are not limited to the following: he has been music director and conductor for more than 15 Broadway musicals for the Iowa City Community Theatre and Coralville’s City Center Acting Company.  As trombonist member of the Iowa City Musical Comedy Troupe, he has performed at retirement homes, nursing homes, and health care centers.  Ed is a member of the Iowa City Community Band, the Sunday Evening Brass Quintet, Smith Studio Jazz and UIHC symphony orchestra and he was conductor for the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Sing–along Messiah in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Kenneth Starck, University Service Award  Pamela Willard also presented The University Service Award to Ken Starck, professor emeritus in the school of journalism and mass communication.  Some highlights of Ken’s service to the University of Iowa include the following: he has continued scholarly work with former students in international communications, written articles in refereed journals as well as a book chapter.  His reach here was so great that in 2016, former students and colleagues organized a Festschrift to honor him.  Ken was on the board for UIRA from 2012-2016, serving as chair of the program committee, then as president in 2014-2015, plus being editor of The Gray Hawk for two years.  Other highly significant undertakings resulted from his innovative leadership: Ken organized and implemented, with board approval, the very popular annual photo contest carried out by UIRA; he created the logo used by UIRA; and it was Ken who initiated the Volunteer Service Awards to recognize the huge role UI retirees play in enhancing the university and the community.  How appropriate that he is now so honored!

Third Annual Travel Photo Contest Winners  John Moyers presented the photo contest winners now posted online.
Iowa – First Place: Reflection of Quaker on Cedar River– Kathleen Renquist;
Second Place: Go Hawks! – Harry Williamson;
Third Place: Art Deco on the Iowa River – Lucy Luxenberg;
Honorable Mention: Tuckered Out Mom – Wendelin Guentner; Should I Go Through This Gate? – John Donelson; Praying Mantis – Wendelin Guentner; Sprucing Up Solon – Wendelin Guentner; Embossed Footprints – Larry Rettig
USA – First Place: Broad-billed Hummingbird -Wendelin Guentner;
Second Place: Ceiling In Cincinnati Museum Center – Ken Stark;
Third Place: Barrel Heads - Diana Cox;
Honorable Mention: Yellowstone Grizzly – John Donelson; Grand Canyon Cavern – John Donelson; After a Southern California Storm – John Donelson; Jerry Garcia Statue Adorned with Roses– Sue Otto.
International – First Place: Motorcycle Friends in Mongolia – John Donelson;
Second Place: Girl on a Bus – Sue Otto;
Third Place: Prelude to Adventure – Larry Rettig;
Honorable Mention: Mongolia’s Gobi Desert – John Donelson; Wrestling – Mongolia’s National Sport – John Donelson.